What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a powerful emotion that can evoke all sorts of responses. The body sends a signal to the brain and the brain’s response is to scream: “You are in danger!” This fight or flight mechanism helped us immensely during our caveman days when we needed these signals to survive an attack from a wild animal. But in most situations these days, this response is a false alarm. Even though it’s a false alarm, this fear can feel very real! Heart racing, shortness of breath, trembling in arms and legs, and tingling in fingers are just a few examples of what can happen when anxiety takes over. These reactions – in and of themselves – can be so scary that they actually increase anxiety, making it debilitating.

A woman with her hands in her head with racing throughts around her. Our anxiety therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling can help with children and adults experiencing anxiety. Give us a call today to get started!

What Kind of Therapy is Best for Anxiety?

When it comes to anxiety, it is important to find an approach that works best for you. At Brittani Persha Counseling, we believe in offering a variety of approaches to meet each person’s needs. Here are a few of the options that we have for treating anxiety:

Play Therapy: For our younger friends or those who find talking a bit tricky, Play Therapy can be helpful! Play Therapy is like stepping into a magical world where toys, games, and creativity become the language of healing. It’s not just about fun and games; it’s a carefully crafted space where children and even some grown-ups can express their deepest feelings without the pressure of talking. Picture it as a treasure hunt for emotions – using toys as clues to understanding what’s going on inside. Play Therapy at Brittani Persha Counseling is a supportive journey where the power of play helps untangle the knots of anxiety, providing a safe and imaginative environment to explore, express, and conquer those tricky feelings.

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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): EMDR is helpful for those dealing with anxiety related to past traumas or overwhelming memories. It helps process these experiences in a way that reduces their impact, allowing individuals to heal and move forward. It’s a bit like giving the mind a helpful guide to navigate through challenging memories. Our EMDR therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling are trained to work with children and adults!

LENS Neurofeedback: Imagine your brain as a supercomputer, and LENS Neurofeedback is the programmer fine-tuning it. This high-tech approach helps regulate brain activity, especially for those with anxiety symptoms rooted in brain patterns. It’s like a gentle massage for the brain, promoting balance and reducing anxiety. Our LENS practitioners at Brittani Persha Counseling are ready to help you heal from your anxiety!

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is the wise mentor teaching us to be champions over our anxious thoughts. It focuses on understanding and changing negative thought patterns, turning them into positive ones. CBT is like having a mental toolbox filled with strategies to face anxiety head-on and build a stronger, more positive mindset.

At Brittani Persha Counseling, we believe in the power of choices! The best therapy for anxiety is the one that is tailored to individual preferences and needs. Our team is here to guide and support each person on their unique journey to conquer anxiety and embrace a more resilient and balanced life.

Anxiety Therapy at Brittani Persha Counseling

A child who is feeling anxious holding on to his chest. Our anxiety therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling can help with children and adults experiencing anxiety. Give us a call today to get started!
Families who may not be ready for child anxiety counseling at BPC include but are not limited to, parents who:
  •  Do not want to engage in the therapeutic process
  • Want a “quick fix”
  • View their child as the problem
  • Are not able to commit to 6-12 months of care
  • Want a therapist to “fix” their child

Your child and your family do not have to live with the constant fear and worry that is currently consuming so much of your life. If you want to support in coping with anxiety and live in the Houston and Katy area, we can help! Contact Brittani Persha Counseling today to get connected with one of our skilled child therapists. To learn more about our child counseling services visit our Child Therapy Page. We believe that families can experience a peaceful home environment and you and your child can start feeling less anxious and more in control of your emotions.

Featured Anxiety Therapist

Laura Guerra, LPC is an expert anxiety therapist located within Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. A vital piece of Laura’s counseling practice is creating a space of empathy, acceptance, understanding, and safety. Laura primarily works from a humanistic theoretical perspective known as Child Centered Play Therapy, which is a play-based modality that is developmentally responsive and allows a child to process their feelings, emotions, and thoughts in their mastered language: play! This type of approach focuses on the needs of the child and allows them to be the leaders of their session. However, Laura believes that counseling is not meant to be a one size fits all experience, so she regularly brings in a variety of modalities depending on what she feels is best for each individual client and makse adjustments as she seesnecessary. 

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